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Bipolar Disorder (Manic-Depressive illness)

What is Bipolar disorder, also known as Manic-Depressive illness? What are the typical symptoms of the disorder? What is the typical age of onset of the disorder? Is the disorder more prevalent in men or in women?

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Bipolar disorder or Manic-Depressive illness is a serious medical illness and causes unusual mood swings, shifts in energy levels, or ability to do daily tasks. The symptoms of this disease are severe and can negatively affect performance, relationships and can even led to suicide among the patients. People with this disorder have a high risk of other conditions such as substance issues and other mental health issues. Bipolar disorder has different types such as Type 1 and Type 2 type bipolar disorder. There is further classification for the episodes of bipolar disorder depending on the frequency of mood swings or episodes, such as rapid or mixed cycling.

The main symptoms of this disorder are that people will display an unusually intense emotional state or states, such as an overexcited state or manic episode or sad/depressive state/episode. Such patients can be quite irritable and explosive and can display abnormal changes in energy and activity levels. These ...

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What is Bipolar disorder, also known as Manic-Depressive illness? What are the typical symptoms of the disorder? What is the typical age of onset of the disorder? Is the disorder more prevalent in men or in women?

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